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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 Detailed design awarded and approval process commenced August 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.  Detailed design awarded and approval process commenced August 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. Piling for raised walkway has commenced.
Mission Beach Clump Point Hill Widen boat ramp, additional floating walkway, upgrade breakwater, new detached breakwater, jetty, and pontoons DSD/MIIP Element 2 (in-water works) preliminaries completed. Design work commenced. Element 1 works progressing. Primary boat ramp works completed (ramp closure) and 70% detached breakwater complete.
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 planned to commence February 2020. 

Mackay / Whitsunday

Molongle Beach Road, Molongle Creek Burdekin Entrance channel deepening MIIP Design of disposal site progressing. Reserve relocation progressed. Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation referral submitted August 2019. 
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp MIF Pre-lodgement meeting occurred and ecological survey tenders received August 2019. Ecological survey to be commissioned September 2019. Native title notification scheduled September 2019. Contract award scheduled September 2019.
Dingo Beach, Cape Gloucester Whitsunday Upgraded boat ramp MIF Tender period closed 2 August 2019. Consultant engaged to prepare and submit tidal works approval. Native title notification made to claimant. Contract award scheduled September 2019.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Improvements to recreational boat launching infrastructure MIF Liaison with Whitsunday Regional Council continuing.


Banksia Road, Stanage Bay Mirani Upgrade existing boat ramp and install breakwater and floating walkway MIF Breakwater and first lane of boat ramp completed. Traffic diverted to new lane of boat ramp August 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 Geotechnical work completed. Rockhampton Regional Council progressing changes to land tenure with stakeholders.
Thompson Point Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp plus floating walkway MIF Ecological survey completed. Detailed design completed. Application for Resource Allocation Authority to use part of Fish Habitat Area completed August 2019.
Corbetts Landing Keppel New boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Detailed design completed August 2019. Specification for environmental approvals services advertised. Tenders to be advertised once approvals are gained. 

Wide Bay / Burnett

Ross Street, Burrum Heads  Maryborough Installation of pontoon MIIP  Contract awarded August 2019.

North Coast

Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin Murrumba Installation of floating walkway MIF Design finalised as per the new tidal boundary July 2019. Tenders called August 2019.
Uhlmann Road, Burpengary East Bancroft Installation of new floating walkway MIF On site construction started July 2019. Lane 1 completed August 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. Contract awarded June 2019. Site established August 2019. Works scheduled for completion November 2019.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Upgrade boat launching facility MIF Soil and contaminated land assessment testing completed August 2019. Report scheduled to be completed September 2019. Tender documents scheduled to be prepared September 2019.

South Coast

Riedel Road, Carbrook Macalister New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF

Design completed August 2019. Development application preparation commenced August 2019. Tender documents to be prepared September 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
16 September 2019