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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 Preliminary design well advanced October 2019. Draft environmental approval application complete October 2019. Geotechnical investigations scheduled November 2019. Stakeholder workshops scheduled late November / early December 2019.  
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways MIF Cairns Regional Council financial support gained for project. Preliminary design well advanced October 2019. Geotechnical investigations scheduled November 2019. Deed of agreement executed November 2019. Stakeholder workshops scheduled late November / early December 2019. TMR has released investigative reports for this project. Please see the project web page.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp MIF Construction continuing. Raised walkway scheduled to be completed November 2019. Placement of boat ramp precast plants scheduled to commence November 2019.
Mission Beach Clump Point Hill Widen boat ramp, additional floating walkway, upgrade breakwater, new detached breakwater, jetty, and pontoons DSD/MIIP Detached breakwater 90% complete October 2019. Element 2 (in water works) 60% design complete October 2019. Final design review November 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 Works scheduled to commence February 2020. 

Mackay / Whitsunday

Molongle Beach Road, Molongle Creek Burdekin Entrance channel deepening MIIP Design of disposal site progressing. Development application for dredging scheduled to be submitted November 2019. 
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp MIF Mackay Regional Council progressing car-trailer parking layout concept sketch and investigating road reserve changes. Ecological study report received October 2019. Submission of development application scheduled November 2019.
Dingo Beach, Cape Gloucester Whitsunday Upgraded boat ramp MIF On-site contractor works progressing. Temporary boat ramp completed 13 November 2019.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Improvements to recreational boat launching infrastructure MIF TMR proceeding with upgrade to the existing boat ramp at its current two-lane capacity. Tenders advertised October 2019. Tender award scheduled November 2019.  
Bowen Boat Harbour  Burdekin Breakwater extension MIF Construction of western breakwater commenced October 2019. Western breakwater scheduled to be complete November 2019 Eastern breakwater scheduled to commence November 2019. 


Casuarina Creek and Inkerman Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2-lane boat ramp with a floating walkway at Casuarina Creek.

New single-lane boat ramp at Inkerman Creek
MIF Rockhampton Regional Council progressing changes to land tenure with stakeholders. New survey (for extended foreshore area) to be commissioned November 2019.
Thompson Point Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp plus floating walkway MIF Resource allocation application submitted to Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Development application submitted October 2019. Site works scheduled to commence after Easter 2020.
Corbetts Landing Keppel New boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Approval application scheduled to be completed and submitted for Marine Park permit and development applications November 2019. Tenders to be advertised once approvals are gained. 

Wide Bay / Burnett

Ross Street, Burrum Heads  Maryborough Installation of pontoon MIIP  Offsite fabrication commenced October 2019.

North Coast

Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin Murrumba Installation of floating walkway MIF Tenders closed September 2019. Tender evaluation and award scheduled October 2019. Floating walkway design and services relocation scheduled to commence November 2019.


Lamb Island Redlands Feasibility study for new boat ramp MIIP Tina Avenue site identified. Hydrographic survey received. Joint Redland City Council and TMR feasibility study to progress during 2019, scheduled for completion 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. Site established August 2019. Works progressing and scheduled for completion early 2020.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate New boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Development application progressing. Tenders advertised October 2019. Tender assessment scheduled November 2019.

South Coast

Riedel Road, Carbrook Macalister New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Development application submitted September 2019. Tendering process scheduled to commence early November 2019. Commencement of works depends on completion of intersection upgrades at Riedel Road / Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road. intersection upgrade project is progressing.

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
04 December 2019