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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 MIF All environmental investigation field work and data collection for wave, tide and flood modelling was completed in December 2018. An options workshop was held in December to define the baseline modelling option, which will be refined via modelling investigations to form the final configuration to go into detailed design. Drafting of environmental investigations reports and modelling works scheduled to be completed in January 2019.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways MIF All environmental investigation field work and data collection for wave, tide and flood modelling was completed in December 2018. An options workshop was held in December to define the baseline modelling option, which will be refined via modelling investigations to form the final configuration to go into detaileddesign. Drafting of environmental investigations reports and modelling works scheduled to be completed in January 2019. Liaison to continue with Cairns Regional Council about landside works.
Cairns, Bluewater Marina boat ramp Barron River Installation of new floating walkway MIF Preliminary works began at Bluewater boat ramp on 31 October 2018.
Dredging commenced at the toe of the basin on 19 November 2018 and was finalised 28 November 2018. Works recommenced 7 January 2019.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp MIF Contract awarded in December 2017. Contractor to undertake preliminary design and commence preparation of construction plan in January 2019.
Mission Beach Clump Point Hill Widen boat ramp, additional floating walkway, upgrade breakwater, new detached breakwater, jetty, pontoon DSD  Element 1 contract awarded mid December 2018. Element 2 preliminary evaluation underway. Onsite works scheduled to commence late February/early-March 2019.
Green Island jetty upgrade Cairns Repair/replacement of sections of concrete deck and piles treatment/replacement of corroded reinforcement bars, repairs to abutment MIIP  Ports North working with preferred tenderer to refine aspects of the project prior to commencing onsite works.
Mackay / Whitsunday
Molongle Creek Burdekin Entrance channel deepening MIIP Deed of agreement between TMR, Whitsunday Regional Council and Molongle Creek Boat Club  was executed in November 2018. Land acquisition for the dredge spoil facility completed December 2018. Vegetation survey of disposal site to be progressed in January 2019.
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp MIF TMR officers conducted a site visit early December 2018.  Further update to the concepts and discussions with Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on marine plant disturbance and Fish Habitat Area to be progressed in January 2019.
Dingo Beach, Cape Gloucester Whitsunday Upgraded boat ramp MIF Commence detailed design and preparation of environmental scoping and assessment report in January 2019.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday New recreational boat ramp MIF Location of ramp confirmed with the Whitsunday Regional Council in late November 2018. Preliminary design including settlement analysis underway January 2019.
Grasstree Beach Mirani Upgraded boat ramp MIF Tenders received in December, contract to be awarded January 2019.
Fitzroy
Banksia Road, Stanage Bay Mirani Upgrade existing boat ramp and install breakwater and floating walkway MIF Tenders invited in December 2018. Rock production at quarry and tender assessment to be progressed in January 2019.
Port Alma Mirani Feasibility study to relocate and upgrade facility MIIP Deed of agreement between TMR, Rockhampton Regional Council and Gladstone Ports Corporation has been drafted and sent to RRC and GPC for signatures.
Coorooman Creek Keppel Feasibility study to determine potential marking of the entrance channel MIIP First survey received December2016, second survey received October 2017, and third survey received June 2018. Awaiting advice from Regional Harbour Master.
Thompson Point Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp plus floating walkway MIF  Geotechnical engineering design commenced in December 2018. Ongoing negotiations with fisheries and barge ramp operator for possible relocation sites. Deed of agreement signed with Livingstone Shire Council 7 January 2019.
Corbetts Landing Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Hydrographic survey received, and concept configuration completed in December 2018. Commence detailed design and preparation of environmental scoping and assessment report during January 2019.
Wide Bay / Burnett
March Street, Maryborough Maryborough Replacement of the existing jetty with a new pontoon MIIP Joint project between council and TMR. Contract awarded in late November 2018. TMR and FCRC to finalise review of draft design drawings in January 2019.
North Coast
Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin Murrumba Installation of floating walkway MIF Tender to be advertised once environmental approvals are obtained.
Uhlmann Road, Burpengary East Bancroft Installation of new floating walkway MIF  Application for marine parks, marine plant disturbance and development approval lodged in December 2018. Tender to be prepared in January 2019. Deed of agreement to be negotiated  in January 2019 with adjacent company (MCS).
Metropolitan
Manly Boat Harbour Lytton Entrance channel deepening and maintenance dredging MIF
MIIP
Dredging scheduled to commence February 2019.
Lamb Island Redlands Feasibility study for new boat ramp MIIP Tina Avenue site identified. Hydrographic survey received. Feasibility study to progress during 2019.
William St, Cleveland Point Oodgeroo Extend breakwater MIIP Jointly funded breakwater extension project between Redland City Council and TMR. Design completed in December 2018. Works completion scheduled for late 2019.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Upgrade the boat launching facility MIF  Detailed design to be progressed in January 2019.
South Coast
Riedel Road, Carbrook Macalister New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Discussions about road intersection upgrade ongoing.

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: boatinginfrastructure@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Last updated
15 January 2019