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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 Labour 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
Port Douglas boat harbour Cook Dredging to deepen and widen the entrance channel MIF Dredging works completed April 2018. The pipeline to remain in place for private marina dredging, scheduled for completion August 2018.
Rosehill dinghy harbour Cook Maintenance dredging MIIP  
Newell Beach Cook New 2-lane boat ramp MIF Advertise tender for investigation studies to support design, flora and fauna surveys, coastal process and flood modelling August 2018.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways MIF Community consultation occurred in July 2018 Advertise tender for investigation studies to support design, flora and fauna surveys, coastal process and flood modelling August 2018.
Cairns, Bluewater Marina boat ramp Barron River Installation of new floating walkway MIF Tender documents finalised in July 2018, to be invited in August 2018.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp MIF Environmental services procured and detailed design continued through July 2018.  Detailed designed to be complete August 2018.
Mourilyan Harbour boat ramp Hill Breakwater extension MIF Practical completion achieved July 2018. Minor follow-up issues being attended to in August 2018.
Mission Beach Clump Point Hill  Widen boat ramp, additional floating walkway, upgrade breakwater, new detached breakwater, jetty, pontoon  DSD Detailed design completed July 2018. Release of public tender for construction scheduled late August 2018.
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 continued jetty repairs and maintenance. Tender evaluation July 2018.   Finalise tender and permits August 2018.
North Queensland
Dungeness, Lucinda Hinchinbrook Grant funding to Hinchinbrook Shire Council for an additional walkway at Dungeness MIIP Design and fabrication of materials has been completed and awaiting commencement of construction. Environmental permits/approvals associated with the project are resulting in delays.
Mackay / Whitsunday
Sarina Beach Mirani Feasibility study for new floating walkway MIIP Awaiting writing up of feasibility study. All inputs now held.
Molongle Creek Burdekin Entrance channel deepening MIIP Tentative agreement with owner reached for the land acquisition July 2018.  Geotech studies progressing August 2018.
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp MIF  Planning and design to commence August 2018.
Cape Gloucester Whitsunday New or upgraded boat ramp MIF  Community feedback survey completed July 2018.  Finalise the survey outcomes August 2018.  Share with Whitsunday Regional Council and provide to the public August 2018.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Improvements to boating facilities at Shute Harbour MIF New Shute Harbour boat ramp announced 7 June 2018. Deed of agreement about responsibilities signed with Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC) in mid July 2018. Meeting with WRC early August 2018. Commencement of design for in-water works planned for early September 2018 with design completion by end of October 2018.
Grasstree Beach Mirani Upgraded boat ramp MIF Tender released for geotechnical consultant, PDP submitted July 2018.  Appointment of geotechnical consultant to undertake borehole investigations August 2018.
Banksia Road, Stanage Bay Mirani Upgrade existing boat ramp and install breakwater MIF Further discussions on rock supply, stockpile areas and laydown areas with DNRM and council July 2018. Obtain a quote for trial blast at Hollins Bay quarry. Prepare in August 2018 an environmentally relevant activity (ERA) assessment to use the quarry.
Port Alma Mirani Feasibility study to relocate and upgrade facility MIIP Working through proposals with Rockhampton Regional Council and Gladstone Ports Corporation July/August 2018.
Boyne River Gladstone Grant funding to Gladstone Ports Corporation to dredge entrance channel MIIP Dredging to continue through June 2018. Scheduled for completion September 2018, weather permitting.
Robert Clark Drive, Callaghan Park, North Rockhampton Rockhampton New 4-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Construction continued through July 2018. Practical completion scheduled for August 2018.
Coorooman Creek Keppel Feasibility study to determine if GPS waypoints can be defined to assist with navigating the entrance channel MIIP First survey received December 2016, 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 Design continued through July 2018.  Completion of design August 2018.
Corbetts Landing Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Planning and design to commence once survey received.
Wide Bay / Burnett
March Street, Maryborough Maryborough TMR and Fraser Coast Regional Council have negotiated replacement of the existing jetty with a new pontoon MIIP Joint project between council and TMR. Planning to continue.
North Coast
Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin Murrumba Installation of floating walkway MIF Detailed design works progressed in July 2018. Completion of detailed design August 2018.
Uhlmann Road, Burpengary East Bancroft Installation of new floating walkway MIF Follow up local business for contribution July 2018. Finalise details with the contribution for the widened ramp August 2018.
Manly Boat Harbour Lytton Public channel deepening and maintenance dredging MIF
Dredging to commence August 2018.
Macleay Island Redlands Construction of a new boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Redland City Council (RCC) is managing the boat ramp project. Construction continued through July 2018. Practical completion scheduled for October 2018.
Lamb Island Redlands Feasibility study for new boat ramp MIIP  
 William St, Cleveland Point Oodgeroo Extend breakwater MIIP Jointly funded breakwater extension project between Redland City Council and TMR. Works completion scheduled for late 2019.
Nudgee Beach Brisbane City Kedron Brook dredging at Brisbane Airport floodway entrance, Nudgee Beach MIIP Tenders close in July 2018. Contract to be awarded in August 2018.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Upgrade the boat launching facility MIF Concept finalised in July 2018.  Commence design August 2018.
South Coast
Riedel Road, Carbrook Macalister New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Concept plan and cost estimate completed July 2018.Site road access problems being investigated.

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
13 August 2018