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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
Rosehill dinghy harbour Cook Maintenance dredging MIIP TMR to approach Ports North in October 2018 to dredge harbour entrance.
Newell Beach Cook New 2-lane boat ramp MIF Contract awarded for environmental and modelling investigations (to support detailed design) 4 October 2018.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways MIF Contract awarded for environmental and modelling investigations (to support detailed design) 4 October 2018. Land survey of boundary being arranged to assist golf course design consultant. Liaison with Cairns Regional Council continues.
Cairns, Bluewater Marina boat ramp Barron River Installation of new floating walkway MIF Tenders evaluated in September 2018. Contract to be awarded in October 2018.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp MIF Environment and cultural heritage assessment provided in September 2018. Design drawings and approval applications to be finalised in October 2018.
Mission Beach Clump Point Hill Widen boat ramp, additional floating walkway, upgrade breakwater, new detached breakwater, jetty, pontoon DSD Construction tenders advertised 5 September 2018, closing 24 October 2018. Contract award planned for late November 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 Environment management plan signed off by GBRPMA and acoustic consultant engaged in September 2018.
North Queensland
Dungeness, Lucinda Hinchinbrook Grant funding to Hinchinbrook Shire Council for an additional floating walkway at Dungeness MIIP Construction scheduled for October/November 2018.
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 Disposal site valuation completed in September 2018. Purchase of site being negotiated with property owner. TMR to draft tri-party deed of agreement in October 2018.
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp MIF Concept planning continued in August 2018.
Dingo Beach,Cape Gloucester Whitsunday Upgraded boat ramp MIF Acid sulphate soil investigation undertaken in September 2018. Detailed design to commence in October 2018.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday New recreational boat ramp MIF Contract awarded for design and environmental services in September 2018. Initial environment and cultural heritage investigations commenced in September 2018. Preliminary design to be completed late October 2018.
Grasstree Beach Mirani Upgraded boat ramp MIF Geotechnical investigation commenced in September 2018. Tenders to be invited late October 2018.
Banksia Road, Stanage Bay Mirani Upgrade existing boat ramp and install breakwater and floating walkway MIF Investigations into quarry issues continuing. Project scheduled to commence early 2019 and be completed in late-2019.
Port Alma Mirani Feasibility study to relocate and upgrade facility MIIP Working through proposals with Rockhampton Regional Council and Gladstone Ports Corporation.
Robert Clark Drive, Callaghan Park, North Rockhampton Rockhampton New 4-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Practical completion achieved in August 2018, with official opening ceremony held 31 August 2018. Floating walkway defects being attended to September – November 2018.
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 investigation commenced in September 2018. Design to be modified in October, after geotechnical report is received.
Corbetts Landing Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Survey fieldwork completed in September 2018. Concept design to commence when survey drawings received.
Wide Bay / Burnett
March Street, Maryborough Maryborough Replacement of the existing jetty with a new pontoon MIIP Joint project between council and TMR. Tender advertised in September 2018, to close in October 2018.
North Coast
Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin Murrumba Installation of floating walkway MIF Boundary survey completed in September 2018. Finalisation of drawings for tendering in November 2018.
Uhlmann Road, Burpengary East Bancroft Installation of new floating walkway MIF Sewer pipe location identified in September 2018. Development application to be submitted in October 2018. Discussions continue with nearby commercial operator.
Manly Boat Harbour Lytton Entrance channel deepening and maintenance dredging MIF
Entrance channel dredging to commence October 2018 (weather permitting).
Macleay Island Redlands Construction of a new boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Redland City Council (RCC) is managing the boat ramp project. Practical completion of boat ramp scheduled for October 2018.
Lamb Island Redlands Feasibility study for new boat ramp MIIP Tina Avenue site identified. Hydrographic survey requested.
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 Dredging to 1-2m below LAT underway in channel. To be completed mid-October and post dredge survey to be undertaken. Relocation of navigation aids will follow assessment of post-dredge survey.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Upgrade the boat launching facility MIF Detailed design to commence in September 2018.
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:

Last updated
10 October 2018